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    VA Wants Vets to Use Their Benefits When Choosing a Final Resting Place

    VA Wants Vets to Use Their Benefits When Choosing a Final Resting Place

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is raising awareness of little-used benefits for veterans: burial at a VA, state or tribal veterans cemetery, and headstones or markers for veterans buried in private cemeteries.

    According to VA officials, just 20% of eligible veterans who died last year were buried in a VA-managed or -supported cemetery, a benefit that comes at no cost to the veteran's family. And fewer than half who qualified for a burial allowance or headstone used the opportunity, according to Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn.

    As the VA nears the 50th anniversary of assuming management of national cemeteries, the department is spreading the word to veterans and families that vets can apply for eligibility before they die, taking care of the needed paperwork beforehand to ease the financial and emotional burden on their families and make their wishes known.

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    “I want families to know that they can honor the services of their veteran with a VA-provided headstone, marker or medallion, but I also want every veteran or veteran's family to know they have the option of being interred in a national, state, territorial or tribal veterans cemetery,” Quinn said during a roundtable with reporters Tuesday.

    The VA manages 155 cemeteries nationwide and funds an additional 121 state, territorial and tribal veterans cemeteries….

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